Saturday, December 13, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (3D)

When the magic starts to run out in the third installment to "Night of the Museum" series, guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) heads to London's British Museum to save his friends. It is more of the same moonlight madness with the change of venue and the return of some of your favorites like Jedediah, Octavius, Attila the Hun, Teddy Roosevelt, Sacajawea, and Dexter as well as some new characters. It was a real treat to see Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney one more last time on the big screen. Look for Stiller is a duo role is this family fun film. Dance clips play during the credits.

Alien gives it 3 ½ "Tablet of Ahkmenrah" stars out of 4.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings (3D)

Who doesn't know the story of Moses, from the burning bush to the plagues on Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea or who hasn't seen "The Ten Commandments"? So why remake it? Especially when it's just an over-driven special effects boring mess.It's miscasted, notably the two leads, Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rameses. Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley seem to be added as big name draws. So if you are unfamiliar with the story or just like to be dazzled by special effects, you may enjoy this one.

Alien gives it 2 "pawn or hero" stars out of 4.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Top Five

Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in this entertaining film about a comedian trying to be taken seriously after a wildly successful career as Hammy the Bear/cop. Rosario Dawson plays a journalist trying to get that in-depth interview. Gabrielle Union is his bridezilla/reality TV star craving fame. Chris must have invited all of his comedic friends to join in the fun. Look for them in bit parts. If you like Chris Rock humor, this may be a film for you. If in your face anal sex humor disgusts you, you may want to avert your eyes or stay away.

Alien gives it 2 ½ "Red Hot Chili Pepper" star out of 4.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (3D)

The final episode of the Hobbit trilogy adventure concludes with an epic battle fighting for wealth, power, and what is rightfully theirs. Who will survive? Who will perish? Who can slay the dragon? Has the king gone mad? Can Baggins save the day? The special effects are absolutely stunning. The fight scenes are thrilling.  There is even a little romance tossed in amidst all the chaos. Throughout is the comradry and friendship that binds our troop of tiny heroes together. All in all, it's a fitting end to this remarkable quest and bridge to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Alien give is 3 ½ "Arkenstone" stars out of 4.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Wedding Ringer

It's the "Wedding Crashers" if it was an inside job when a socially awkward guy (Josh Gad) turns to a rent-a-best-man agency to fulfill his share of the wedding party. Hilarity ensues as the great charade plays out fooling the bride-to-be (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and the future in-laws (Ken Howard, Mimi Rogers, & Cloris Leachman). The fast talking funny man, Kevin Hart, expertly plays the hired best man. The film pokes fun at the whole wedding ritual using the big con to drive it. Get some hysterical dance tips from Gad & Hart. It is rated "R" for raunchy humor and language. The key to this wedding flick is Hart & heart. Look for some cameo appearances.

Alien gives it 3 "the Golden Tux from the basement of Arnie's World of Fun" stars out of 4.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar (3D) Re-visitation after Penguins Interuptus

This is not a sneak preview. This film has already released.

It's James Bond meets "Mission Impossible" meets "The Incredibles" when the tuxedoed four encounter British agents from the North Wind and a villain disguised as Dr. Octavius Brine in their efforts to save penguin-kind. A revenge plot drives this family fun film. Kids can laugh at the silly penguin antics. Adults can listen for those bad puns. Stay seated for a mid-credits scene.

Alien gives it 3 "cuteness factor" stars out of 4.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar (3D)

Meet those lovable penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico, as juveniles when they first encounter Private. Jump to the present when this covert quartet becomes fed up with their Madagascar friends' music and depart for their next mission, breaking into Fort Knox. This is about 15 minutes into this fabulous feature when an unfortunate power outage has struck forcing the evacuation of the theater. Alien can only hope for a rescheduled screening on Monday or Tuesday before the film opens on Wednesday. This short tease was everything Alien was hoping for and looks forward to seeing the rest of the film very soon.

Alien gives it a "Cheezy Dibbles" incomplete.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Horrible Bosses 2

It's "Ruthless People" all over again when "Dumb & Dumber" (Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day) and Just-Stupid-Enough-To-Go-Along-With-Them (Jason Bateman) desperately plan a kidnapping scheme in order to avoid bankruptcy. However, nothing goes right for these idiots in this insane comedy. These three are perfectly cast for their roles. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx return to reprise their over-the-top original roles. Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz are hilarious new additions. It's raunchy jokes, sight gags, and outrageous dialogue in this "R" rated film. If you liked the first film, you'll certainly enjoy more of the same nonsense, If you are looking for laughs, you might want to check out this movie. A gag reel runs at the beginning of the credits.

Alien gives it 3 "Shower Buddy"stars out of 4.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

It's The Hunger Games: The Capitol Strikes Back.

Katniss has found Prim but has lost Peeta. District 13 surfaces. Peeta & Katniss become political pawns as the beginnings of a civil war brew. The series turns darker with bombing runs, resistance raids, propaganda films, and a covert rescue mission where you can almost hear Admiral Ackbar scream "it's a trap". Katniss continues to dominate the serious side with her emotional bursts while Effie carries the comic relief. Of course, any film labeled "Part 1" is bound to leave audiences a bit unsatisfied and wanting more. It all feels like a slow set up for the big finale.

Alien gives it 3 "the hanging tree" stars out of 4.

Monday, November 17, 2014


This is not a sneak preview. This film has already released.

Whoa! It's "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" when a talented drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) attends a prestigious New York music conservatory and is intimidated by his instructor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) who is abusively demanding. Teller and Simmons are outstanding as the new recruit aspiring for greatness and the S.O.B. music camp drill sergeant expecting perfection from his students. The film is absolutely intense. What drives this young man to push himself beyond normal expectations? Is his mentor for or against him? You will root for Andrew and love to hate Fletcher.

Alien gives it 3 "are you rushing or dragging" stars out of 4.

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